A note from the chair on ‘Cloud busting: demystifying ‘the Cloud’ and its impact on libraries’
With just under two weeks to go until our national ‘Cloudbusting’ conference it’s safe to say MmIT is getting quite excited. With such a rich programme and so many great speakers it looks set to be a truly great conference. We hope you are able to join us in Sheffield on April 5th as there are still a few places left.
The concept of ‘the Cloud’ has been around for several years. Over that time the term has become ubiquitous with a general acceptance that ‘the Cloud’ has a definite impact on the way in which we use computers and information technology and how individuals interact with information. It is widely regarded that cloud computing can simplify processes for organisations and save them money and as a result many of the benefits associated with the ‘Cloud’ have been around efficiencies and effectiveness of services.
Many services that libraries have traditionally offered have been migrated into cloud solutions. For example the use of OpenURL providers and federated and pre-indexed search engines allowing users to search all of a library’s collections through a single search box. Discovery layers such as Serials Solutions’ Summon, EBSCO’s EDS or Ex Libris’s Primo Central allow access to all of a library’s collections, not simply those found on the library catalogue. Such discovery layers can provide enhanced service such as access to special collections, digital collections and institutional repositories.
Similarly, the ‘Cloud’ allows libraries to share data about their collections and the bibliographic management activities that they are engaged in. This includes licensing data, common vendor files, serials publications patterns and MARC records.
Add to this entire systems hosted in the Cloud, such as the Koha and Ex Libris Alma library management systems, or reference and citation management systems such as Mendeley, then it is simple to see the impact that the Cloud has on libraries, and indeed vice versa.
Even simple initiatives such as collaborative working through Google Docs, enabling a library community through Facebook or storing photographic collections in Flickr are all examples of how the Cloud has become part of the day to day computing and technology activity of the library.
MmIT strives to raise awareness amongst library and information professionals about current trends and topics in library and information technology and ‘Cloud’ initiatives and innovations, and how they are currently being used within the sector will be of interest to many librarians and information professionals who may not even realise the wealth of ‘Cloud’ activities and solutions available to them. The conference includes a series of workshops, each one focusing on a particular ‘Cloud’ initiative. This includes topics such as implementing Opensource library management systems; How libraries can make the most of mobile devices to access cloud resources; Creating media-rich e-book resources; Implications for research data management; Copyright and licensing issues associated with the ‘Cloud’, and much more. The keynote presentation will be from Karen Blakeman and will focus on search and discovery within the ‘Cloud’ and the conference will also include a series of rapid fire technical innovation presentations and a panel question and answer session.
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February 2013 issue includes:
A big thank-you to everyone who was involved in the MmIT conference at the University of Sheffield on the 17th of April 2012, both to those who attended and those who helped & presented. There has been some excellent coverage of the event, with a fine summary written by Olivia Greenstreet in Information Today Europe. Notable blog entries may also be found at student volunteer’s Lady Pen’s Treasure Trove, first-time conference attendee Sensible Shoes and (another) student volunteer’s Michelle’s Library Stuff. For those with a view to reading the Twitter activity associated with the conference, the Information Resources Group at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield provide an excellent set of links on their ScHARR entry.
Photographs taken by Sarah Cole Photography may be found on Flickr. A full overview of the day’s sessions can be found on the MmIT website; some slides are already collected for viewing elsewhere in this blog, and more details about others which will be accessible shall be available shortly.
Watch this blog for information about the MmIT 2013 conference, which the group are sure will be even more of a success than this year!
The slides and notes for this presentation – due to be given at the Reduced Budgets? Increased Impact! Increasing LIS Impact with New Technologies conference at the University of Sheffield today – are available here:
NB: this is the version presented on the day of the conference, which was amended slightly from earlier versions due to an error spotted in the original version. Please feel free to access this new version.
Here’s a promo video for Andy Tattersall and Claire Beecroft’s ScHARR Workshop: “A free web toolkit for the modern library”. In the workshop, Andy and Claire will introduce delegates to a variety of tried and tested web 2.0 tools which offer real value to LIS professionals.
This workshop is part of the MmIT National Conference 2012: Reduced budgets? Increased impact!
Tools and technologies for an effective library and information service being held on Tuesday 17th April 2012 at the University of Sheffield.
MMIT Group has one free pass to give away to a group member. Simply email MmIT journal editor email@example.com by 31 January stating why you’d like to attend. http://edgeconference.co.uk AND journal readers & Group member can also use our special discount code to book a place
See full details on our earlier post – http://mmitblog.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/discounted-places-for-internet-librarian-international-conference-and-win-a-free-place/ Closing date 16th September. Conference takes place in October 2011.
Multimedia Information & Technology Group & Internet Librarian International 2011. 27 & 28 October. Workshops 26 October.
Multimedia Information and Technology Group is this year an Association Sponsor of Internet Librarian International 2011 and as part of this we are delighted to offer Group members a 20 percent discount when registering with the code MMIT20. Billed as ‘The Innovation and Technology Conference for Information Professionals’, a preview article on the event appears in the August issue of MmIT journal.
WIN A FREE PASS TO INTERNET LIBRARIAN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
We are pleased to offer one free pass to a Group member. The passes are worth £440 (+VAT).
To apply for the pass please email MmIT journal editor firstname.lastname@example.org outlining why you would like the pass by 16th September 2011. The winner selected by the editorial board will be notified by the end of September and required to write a 1200 word article for MmIT journal after the event. This could be on an ILI speaker they thought of particular interest or their thoughts about general conference themes and how they could apply to MMIT Group members.
At Umbrella this year we realised that a number of MMIT Group members didn’t realise they could have the printed version of the journal for just £17/pa UK or £24 overseas. Contact email@example.com if you’d like to set this up.
We are seeking the views of members of CILIP’s Multimedia and Information Technology (MMIT) Group.
It is our wish to gather feedback from the members of the MMIT Group to help to ensure that our services continue to meet your needs. To this end, we would greatly appreciate your completing a survey which should take about 10 minutes. ***Respondents will be invited to enter into a draw for a first prize of one £150 voucher (Amazon or lastminute.com); two second prizes of £50 vouchers (Amazon or LastMinute.com); and five third prizes of a 12-month subscription to the print version of MmIT Journal. *** (Prizes sponsored by MmIT journal).
The survey will be open until 23 June 2010. Please follow this link to the survey:- http://www.survey.mmu.ac.uk/mmit
Thank you in anticipation!
Catherine Dhanjal, Managing Editor, MmIT journal
Geoff Butters, MMIT Group Committee member and
CERLIM (Centre for Research in Library & Information Management), Manchester Metropolitan University